Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 7, 2018
LEARN self-respect, compassion and commitment to community | GROW academically, socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually | BECOME world citizens who have a voice and make a difference.
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Come to Looking Forward Night tomorrow, Nov. 8, 5-6 p.m.
Please come to North Creek, tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5-6 p.m., for Looking Forward sessions for LE, UE, MS and HS.
This is your chance to learn all about the next program level for your child! Our teachers and program directors will present an in-depth review of the curricula for Lower and Upper Elementary, as well as Middle and High School. Bring your questions and learn how WMS provides an outstanding education and experience for our students.
Complimentary child care is available in our Club House spaces for both Early Childhood and Elementary. Woodinville Campus families, you are welcome to check your child in at the North Creek Campus Club House prior to 5 p.m. to allow for an easier pick-up at the conclusion of the event. Please email admissions to reserve care. We hope to see you at the event!
Annual Giving: Imagine if…we ALL participated!
The Annual Giving team has been hard at work, sharing their personal stories, answering your giving questions, and inspiring each and every WMS family to give back to our great school. Thank you to everyone who has donated—every donation brings us closer to our goal of 100 percent participation.
Ginkgo leads in participation, with the Aspen, Hawthorn, Juniper, Magnolia, Maple and Spruce classrooms not far behind—great work, everyone! We are still on pins and needles to see which classroom will reach 100 percent participation first and just how many classrooms will be invited to join the Menchie’s Annual Giving celebration!
While Menchie’s is reason enough to celebrate, don’t forget your meaningful donation helps to create new learning opportunities for both our students and faculty, allowing us all to grow and thrive as one great community. More questions about what Annual Giving funds are used for? See all the answers to your questions here.
Wanting to make giving even easier, we are featuring Donation Stations starting today! Donate online when you drop off or pick up your students or drop your pledge card into the tuition box in the front offices. You can now also donate where you see a “Donate” button on a WMS Facebook post, and share with your friends and family, allowing for them to give as well.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, we will wrap up this year’s campaign on #GivingTuesday, the day when the world comes together and gives back. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds and annually raises millions of dollars for organizations small and large. Imagine if our giving, our 100 percent participation, can help inspire others to give and create positive change across the globe? More details are to come, but in the meantime, please mark your calendar for this important day!
Finally, don’t forget to inform your AG Classroom Representative if you are making your donation through your employer so we can count your participation! Thank you WMS, you’re incredible!—Director of Development Keri Sliger
Building creativity in the ID Lab—Montessori Thoughts
A sixth-year student uses a lightbox to help her draw the outlines of her island for Island Night. She will build a topographical model based on the drawing.
From the Upper Elementary newsletters
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”—Maria Montessori
This year Upper Elementary added the Innovation and Design Lab (ID Lab) as a specialist. We believe that the lab provides a space for students to not only create, but to learn and develop new skills. The space promotes creativity through design and using materials that are available to them, encourages teamwork as they teach each other what they have learned, and helps them realize that there will be successes and failures with every project and that they can learn from their mistakes. Each week students come back from the ID Lab with new projects and excitement about what they want to try next. Read a write-up from the students’ point of view and see more photos on the Upper Elementary program page.→
What is a Billiken?
Secondary students talk about what they have just learned from a college admissions representative.
Do you know what a billiken is? The high school students do, courtesy of our guest speaker Laurie Callaway from St. Louis University who joined us Friday afternoon. Laurie led the high school students through a wide-ranging discussion on SLU, the value of a Jesuit education, the benefits of living in St. Louis and of course, their mascot—the Billiken. As part of our college counseling program students are able to hear from visiting college admission representatives to expand their knowledge of college options across the country. Many thanks to Laurie Callaway for taking time out of her schedule to share her insights with us and expand our vocabularies!—College Counselor Jill O’Keefe
There is a lot going on in the Middle and High School. See more on the Secondary site.→
Upper El begins Hopelink Food & Toy Drive on Nov. 8
In this photo from the 2017 Hopelink drive, Upper El students load up the Hopelink truck with crates of items our families donated.
By Upper Elementary Students
I hope that you are nice and warm but unfortunately some families are not as fortunate as us. The food assistance program through Hopelink helps people through difficult times. We are hoping that you can help them by donating canned and packaged foods. You can also donate new clothes and toys.
The drive is from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Wednesday, Nov. 21. Donation barrels will be in the lobbies of both campuses. Thank you for reading this letter, we hope you can contribute.
Halloween traditions at WMS
This Maple class student holds a carved turnip—the Irish predecessor of American Jack O’ Lanterns carved from pumpkins. See more photos from last week’s Halloween celebrations in the photo gallery.→
WMS volunteer portal is up and running again
We are happy to report that the WMS Volunteer Portal is now up and functioning smoothly. You can now visit the secure portal to:
- Post a volunteer opportunity.
- Log and track your contributed volunteer hours—even for opportunities not currently posted in the portal. See the easy-to-follow steps below.
- Sign up for an upcoming volunteer opportunity.
- Also, please try the mobile version of the portal on your phone!
How to easily log your previously contributed volunteer hours:
- Click “Finished Tasks” in the left sidebar.
- Click on the “Add” button located in the top right-hand corner.
- A new row will appear.
- Enter the Task Name, Category (optional), Start Date (optional), End Date (optional), Start Time (optional), End Time (optional), and number of hours contributed.
- Click the “Save” button located in the top right-hand corner.
- A message will then appear stating “All log hours are saved.”
- You can also edit logged hours for already entered tasks and click “save” after editing!
Thank you for your patience! WMS is thankful for our many volunteers and the joy and service you bring to our hallways. We hope this tool will make volunteering easy. Questions? Please contact Development Director Keri Sliger.
- Nov. 8
- • Hopelink Food & Toy Drive through Nov. 21
- • Soccer scrimmage, 3:45 p.m., home vs. Willows Prep
- • Looking Forward to LE, UE, MS & HS, NC, 5-6 p.m.
- Nov. 10
- • Volleyball game, double-header, noon & 2 p.m., Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue
- Nov. 12
- • VETERAN'S DAY observed, NO SCHOOL, NO CAMP
- Nov. 14
- • BOT mtg., 7 p.m., BOT mtg. rm., Bldg. 2
Winter WMS basketball faces cancellation
Despite offering boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for fourth through ninth grades, WMS basketball faces the very real danger of cancellation due to low sign-ups. Register for basketball here.
Fall sports wrapping up: Fall volleyball, soccer and ultimate end their seasons this weekend.
Second quarter pizza orders close on Friday, Nov. 9
This order will cover Nov. 29-Jan. 17.
Meet and socialize with MS & HS parents Nov. 15
Parents of sixth-12th-graders, join Middle and High School parent Carli McSorley for a no-host dinner at Pizza Coop in Woodinville on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m. You will have a chance to meet parents of other secondary students and talk about the secondary program.
Yearbook cover design contest is here!
Students, time to prepare your designs for the 2018-2019 yearbook cover design contest. All proposed designs must be submitted to Director of Communications Claire Tuohy-Morgan by Nov. 21, just before Thanksgiving break.
There is no age limit on submissions this year, but designs must be appropriate for all program levels in the school. Read all the details here.
Two volunteer trainings set for November
If you want to complete volunteer training, we are offering two more sessions this month.
- Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Admissions Office, Bldg. 1, North Creek campus
- Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m., Admissions Office, Bldg. 1, NC
Please RSVP to Julie Schwarz, Admissions Direcot.
Save Dec. 8 for WMS Winter Gingerbread Festival
Family Alliance invites your family to come get festive at the Winter Gingerbread Festival on Saturday, Dec. 8. All families are invited and welcome!
We have the privilege of making this year’s Gingerbread Festival an opportunity to work with Babies of Homelessness, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to deliver life-saving essentials to babies and children living in cars, homeless encampments and shelters here in our community.
We are encouraging all gingerbread festival participants to bring essential goods needed to help the Babies of Homelessness organization and their cause. A list of items needed for their Holiday Adopt-A-Family campaign will be provided in coming weeks.
Learn more about Babies of Homelessness.
In addition to decorating gingerbread houses, visit the holiday card-making station to make cards for the children in the Adopt-A-Family campaign, peruse the gift bazaar featuring small business owners and artists from the WMS community, and enjoy warm drinks and treats, plus a few additional surprises to get your family in the holiday spirit.
Gingerbread house kits will cost $7.50 each, and you may buy as many as you want. Online registration for the kits will begin on Nov. 15. No kits will be sold at the event and treats and activities are complimentary. Individual vendors will manage their bazaar prices.
The FA still needs volunteers and bazaar vendors. If you would like to share your talents with our community, and be a participating vendor in the holiday bazaar at the Gingerbread Festival, please contact Christina Bernal. There is no cost to participate.
If you would like to volunteer as a festival activity lead, and/or on the day, please contact Christina. This event will not be possible without parent participation! Thank you in advance for your contribution of time and holiday spirit.
Watch for more information and the link to reserve your gingerbread house kits. We look forward to celebrating with you.—WMS Family Alliance
Welcome to the Grapevine newsletter. The Grapevine is published every Wednesday afternoon during regular school weeks. We welcome your submissions of photos and articles that are about or directly relevant to WMS students, subject to approval by the Director of Communications and Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.